Dialysis Tech News

DaVita Dialysis Centers Outperform All Dialysis Providers

Today DaVita Kidney Care, a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc., announced their 2014 results of the end stage renal disease (ESRD) Quality Incentive Program (QIP) from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). According to the results, DaVita dialysis centers outperformed all other dialysis providers in all categories. In fact, 98.4% of the … Continue reading

Race and Income Potentially Increase Risk of Death in Dialysis Patients

NEW YORK CITY, NY – A recent study released by Dr. Tanya Johns and her colleagues at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City indicates that young black adult dialysis patients who live in poor neighborhoods are much more likely to die than their white counterparts. In higher income areas racial differences were … Continue reading

New Dialysis Machine Able to Treat Newborns

VICENZA, ITALY – Italian researchers have developed a dialysis machine that can successfully treat newborns. They invented the machine to treat newborn infants suffering from kidney failure. In some cases dialysis machines used for adults can be adjusted to work for small children. But newborn infants are so small, using an adult dialysis machine is … Continue reading

Atrial Fibrillation Patients At Risk During Dialysis

A recent study published in the medical journal Heart found that atrial fibrillation (AF) patients who receive regular dialysis treatment have more episodes of irregular heartbeat on dialysis days. The study also shows that irregular heartbeats for AF patients occur more often during the dialysis treatment. Several hospitals in the Netherlands studied 40 dialysis patients … Continue reading

DaVita Launches Hemodiafiltration Trial in Colorado

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – For the first time hemodiafiltration will be delivered to dialysis patients in the United States. DaVita Kidney Care, one of the leading kidney care providers, announced it will be delivering hemodiafiltration treatment to select patients in a Colorado Springs clinic. The trial is expected to last six months. The most common … Continue reading

ESA Use in Dialysis Patients May Increase Cancer Risk

VANCOUVER, B.C. – A group of researchers reported the use of erythropoiesis stimulating agents (ESAs) in dialysis patients may increase their risk of cancer diagnosis. The report was delivered at the annual meeting of the Canadian Society of Nephrology. ESAs are agents that stimulate red blood cell production. They are similar to the naturally occurring … Continue reading

Contaminated Dialysis Machines Reported at Memphis VA Hospital

MEMPHIS, TN – The federal government is planning an investigation of a Memphis hospital run by the Veteran’s Affairs (VA) after a whistleblower came out saying the facility used contaminated dialysis machines. The identify of the whistleblower is unknown, but the level of knowledge and contact with staff indicates he is someone that conducts business … Continue reading

Many Patients Receiving Dialysis in Centers Could Benefit from Home Treatment

A study in the upcoming issue of Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology found that patients suffering from kidney failure may benefit from in-home dialysis treatment rather than receiving treatment in a center. As we’ve reported before, dialysis costs are a burden for many providers, especially hospitals. Patients who are able to receive … Continue reading

Centurion 1500+ dialysis machine approved by FDA

Hemodialysis, sometimes just called “dialysis,” is a way to mimic the natural activities of the human kidney. Dialysis may be necessary when a person experiences kidney damage or kidney failure. Patient’s are connected to a dialysis machine to receive the treatment. A dialysis technician assists with the process and monitors the patient before during and … Continue reading

Dialysis Patients Benefit from Increased Muscle Mass

An April 24 online report published by the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology showed that muscle mass, particularly in the lower body, may have beneficial effects on the physical health of dialysis patients. The report details a study of 105 hemodialysis patients. Each patient was assessed for BMI (body-mass index), mid-thigh muscle, … Continue reading